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The 2015 Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 20, 2015.
- All individuals with disabilities must follow entry procedures and qualifying standards of the B.A.A.
- The Boston Athletic Association follows the rules and guidelines of the International Paralympic Committee (www.paralympic.org) which are recognized by Wheelchair Sports USA, Disabled Sports USA, and the United States Association for Blind Athletes.
- The Boston Marathon has a push rim wheelchair and blind/visually impaired division, and a mobility impaired program which includes a limited number of hand cycle participants and duo teams.
- Medical documentation or proof of disability classification, in the form of a doctor’s letter, must be submitted with the entry form.
- The B.A.A. reserves the right to reject any entry, issue special invitations, cancel the race, expand or further limit the field, or adjust the entry procedures for these divisions.
Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. On Monday, October 6, eligible participants who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register. On Wednesday, October 8 at 10:00 a.m. ET, if space remains, registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more. If space remains, registration will open on Friday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more. Registration will close on Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
If space remains after the first week of registration (Monday, October 6 through Saturday, October 11), then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Wednesday, October 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET. As during the first week of registration, entry during this period (Oct 13-15) will not be first-come, first-served and the fastest qualifiers among these submissions will be given entry as space allows. If space remains after this initial period, then on Monday, October 20 registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards. Registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum field size is reached.
FIELD SIZE LIMITS
For the 2015 Boston Marathon, due to space and safety constraints, field size maximums have been set for Athletes with Disabilities as follows: Wheelchair - 70; Mobility Impaired - 50; Visually Impaired - 70; Hand cycle - 18; and Duo Teams - 6.
PUSH RIM WHEELCHAIR DIVISION
An open class T51-T52 and T53-T54 event for men and women who use wheelchairs in sport and have completed the marathon distance with a valid qualified performance, this division follows the rules and guidelines as defined by International Paralympic Committee. Able-bodied individuals may not participate in the Wheelchair Division.
|Open (Classes 3 & 4)
|Quad (Classes 1 & 2)
BLIND/VISUALLY IMPAIRED DIVISION
The qualifying time is 5:00 hours for visually impaired athletes (men and women) classified T11, T12, and T13. IPC Class Description for the Blind/Visually Impaired:
- T11: Visual acuity is poorer than LogMAR 2.60. From no light perception in either eye to light perception, but inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.
- T12: Visual acuity ranges from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive) and/or the athlete has a visual field that is constricted to a radius of less than 5 degrees. From ability to recognize the shape of a hand to a visual acuity of 2/60 and/or visual field of less than five degrees.
- T13: Visual acuity ranges from LogMAR 1.40 to 1 (inclusive) and/or the athlete has a visual field that is constricted to a radius of less than 20 degrees. From visual acuity above 2/60 to visual acuity of 6/60 and/or visual field of more than five degrees and less than 20 degrees.
MOBILITY IMPAIRED PROGRAM
Individuals with permanent physical disabilities that affect their ability to ambulate may be granted the following extended qualifying times:
- The qualifying time is 6:00 hours for individuals who, because of the nature of their disability, have difficulty ambulating
- The qualifying time is 8:00 hours for individuals who, because of the nature of their disability, need mobility aids such as prosthetics, leg braces or crutches to ambulate
- This program follows the IPC Guidelines for eligible and non-eligible impairment types (www.paralympic.org).
HAND CYCLE PROGRAM
Individuals who use hand cycles in sport and have completed the marathon distance with a valid qualified performance may apply to this program. Men and women must meet the qualifying standards for their age and gender as posted in the Boston Marathon Wheelchair Division. Able-bodied individuals may not participate in the Hand Cycle Program.
A Duo Team is comprised of one able bodied person pushing a permanently disabled person in a customized racing wheelchair. Both team members must be at least 18 years of age on race day of the Boston Marathon. The team must achieve the qualifying standard set for the able bodied participant’s age and gender at a certified marathon within the current qualifying window (http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/qualifying/qualifying-standards.aspx).
All of the information above is subject to change at any time.